Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 924,000
Catalog: KM-116
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.13 (4/24/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1896 O 50C MS obverse 1896 O 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

When it comes to rarity, this date has long been known to be one of the most difficult to locate in true Gem condition. David Lawrence rates this issue second only to the 1904-S in the series in overall Mint State rarity.

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Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 94
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2403 $1,380.00
7/30/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 163, 168/Lot# 3554 $2,415.00
6/1/2011 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3680 $1,150.00
8/11/2011 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10390 $299.00
10/9/2011 NGC Details F Details  Teletrade Auction 3151, 3151/Lot# 1929 $69.00
7/12/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3774 $2,990.00
12/23/2012 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 88207 $82.50
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30610 $454.73


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